Solving a country’s problem through SNS "Crowd Sourcing"

Last week, I was named to the national strategy commission by Prime Minister Noda of Japan. The commission was empaneled to focus on existing problems in Japan and to find practical solutions by the year 2050. My area of focus is on economic prosperity. I assume they are expecting my background in entrepreneurship, innovation and global perspective to be incorporated.

Therefore, I wanted to be entrepreneurial in framing the problem, innovative in receiving ideas and solutions, and global in implementing them. To do this, I am using my vast social network to “crowd source” from everyone about some problem issues they perceive as well as practical ideas/solutions for them.

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

-William
William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming at an early age and started his own company in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, biometric authentication and cyber security.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In 2013, Saito was appointed a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

Similarly, in 2012 he served as a council member on national strategy for the Cabinet-level National Policy Unit, and prior to that, was named as the Chief Technology Officer for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC). He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has been named by the WEF as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has also served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, MLIT, AIST, IPA and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), among others.

He teaches at multiple universities, serves on several corporate boards, appears as a commentator on national TV and is the author of numerous publications in addition to writing a weekly column for a prominent Japanese business newspaper. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in late 2013 and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

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  1. I happened to lead to your blog after googling Harvard Asia Quartery to which I also contributed an article on healthcare in South Korea recently, and read your comments on policy advising. Good luck for your advisory role and I am sure you will provide an extensive input to the country.

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